Butler, Osceola win team titles in Whirlwind Invitational

Special to the Democrat MissourianApril 25, 2014 

Butler’s girls and Osceola’s boys had the top teams in the eighth annual Whirlwind Invitational track meet April 22 at Archie.

The Butler girls finished in first place in the 15-team meet with 94.5 points, followed by Midway, Adrian, then Archie.

Osceola captured the boys’ crown with 87.5 points. Adrian finished second, followed by Butler, then Appleton City.

Archie’s Jordan Schulte had a banner day. She finished first in the 100 and 200-meter dashes, and was on the 1,600 and 3,200 relay teams that finished first as well.

Summit Christian Academy’s Carlie Queen reigned over the girl’s field events. Queen won the pole vault, discus, and high jump. Her leap of 5 feet 7 inches in the high jump tied for first among all classes in Missouri this year.

“The state high jump record is 5 feet 7 ½ inches and I have made that jump in practice, but not in a meet,” Queen said.

In the boy’s events, Adrian’s Austin Corley dominated by winning the 400 and the 110 and 300 hurdles.

“I think we did pretty well,” Archie track coach Pat Jurgens said. “We had some kids who had personal bests, but we are not a real deep team.”

While larger schools don’t have any problem fielding a full track squad, schools with fewer students have to make sure every athlete participates in every meet.

“Our next meet is at Barstow, but we are going to be a slim team because of the FFA event,” Jurgens said. “The hard part is that they don’t get the practice they need because of other sports conflicts. It’s a small school and everyone is involved in everything.”

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